By Stephen V. Ash
A 12 months within the South is ready 4 traditional humans in a rare time. They lived within the South in the course of 1865 -- a 12 months that observed conflict, disunion, and slavery collapse to peace, reconstruction, and emancipation. One used to be a slave decided to realize freedom, one a widow combating poverty and melancholy, one a guy of God and planter’s son grappling with religious and worldly problems, and one a former accomplice soldier looking a brand new lifestyles. among January and December 1865 they witnessed, from very various vantage issues, the loss of life of the previous South and the beginning of the hot South. Civil warfare historian Stephen V. Ash reconstructs their day-by-day lives, their fears and hopes, and their frustrations and triumphs in bright element, telling a dramatic tale of genuine humans in a time of serious upheaval and providing a clean viewpoint on a pivotal second in historical past.
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They employed at least eight overseers at the works, and one even slept in the same quarters with the blacks. Nevertheless, slaves at the works could, and occasionally did, slip away. Few of these runaways were seeking freedom; in most cases they were simply reacting to some treatment they regarded as unfair. Mild protests of this sort were familiar to every Southern slave master. A typical instance had occurred at the works in March 1864, when twelve slaves owned by a Mobile couple named Ketchum ran off, upset because their cornmeal ration was short that week.
Brooks was a ﬁne fellow—a northerner by birth, and did just what he said he would. I received one-half of the money. ”7 It must be said that few other slaves in the Old South were as successful in this respect as Lou. He held a privileged position at the works, thanks to his special skills and his close relationship with Superintendent Brooks and Commissioner Woolsey. Certainly Uncle Hudson, William, John, and even Matilda, for that matter, enjoyed no such liberties, not to mention the legions of others who did the saltworks’ daily drudgery with ax and spade and hoe.
The government eventually responded to their protests, revoking many exemptions and setting up relief programs, but these efforts never wholly paciﬁed the plain folk. 43 Cornelia had ﬁrst sensed this moral crisis of the Confederacy during her journey to Richmond to meet Angus. ” When she eavesdropped on conversations, she was disturbed by what she heard: “I . . ” Along with declining faith in victory, she detected deep resentment toward the Confederate government, especially over conscription.
A Year in the South: Four Lives in 1865 by Stephen V. Ash